Tar/Pamlico River Pre-Tournament Notes – May 7, 2023

The Bass Challenge will visit Washington, NC on Sunday May 7.

The 3rd stop for the 2023 Bass Challenge brings us to Washington, NC, where the Tar River and Pamlico Rivers collide. The Tar and Pamlico Rivers are local staples for bass anglers and provide plenty of options for tournament anglers.

The below information will provide you with all the information you need to be ready for our next event.

Tournament Information

Location: Tar/Pamlico River
City: Washington, NC
Launch Ramp: Havens Garden Boat Ramp – Google Maps Link
Fish Limit: 5 fish, 2 fish may be between 12-14 inches all others must be 14 inches or greater

Off Limits

There are no off-limits for this tournament. Feel free to practice as much as you’d like.

Tournament Times

Our crew will be on-site at 5:00 am to handle onsite angler check-in for the event. All anglers must check in with our staff and receive a boat number slip before our tournament begins. Blast off will begin at safe light. We always blast our anglers off as early as possible to maximize fishing time. We anticipate blasting off for this event at approximately 6:15 am.

Onsite Angler Check-in: 5:00 am
Blast Off: Safe Light – Approximately 6:15 am
Check-In: Weigh-in begins at 3:00 pm but you may weigh in as early as 1:30 pm if you’d like.

Truck/Trailer Parking

The parking lot at this boat ramp is small and can only accommodate approximately 25 trailers. However, we have permission from the town of Washington to park along the side streets leading into the boat ramp. These side streets are within a short walk of the boat ramp.

Launching and Blast off Information

PLEASE READ – When you launch your boat into the water, please clear the ramp so others may have ample space to launch as well. We will call boat numbers from the bridge at the boat ramp. After your boat number is called you may idle under the bridge and get on plane.  Finally, be courteous at the boat ramp, dim your lights when launching your boat, and be safe. Please see the below map.

Boat Numbers and Flights

During registration, teams are assigned boat numbers. We blast off boats in order based on these numbers. Every 25 boats will begin a new flight. The first flight is due back in at 3:00 and every proceeding flight after that is due back in 10 minutes later. Boat numbers are visible on the homepage of this website.

Fees and Costs

All fees and costs for this event may be paid online or in person the morning of the tournament.

Entry Fee: $105 – Purchase Online
Membership Fee: $25 per angler (One-time fee) – Purchase Online

Payouts, Incentives, & Contingency Prizes

With a minimum of 60 boats competing in this tournament, we are guaranteeing $2,000 to our 1st-place winners. Payouts for this event are based on participation and will be announced before the blastoff. We will be paying out 1 place for every 6 teams competing in this event.

1st Place Prize: $2,000 + 2 commemorative trophies
Greenville Toyota Big Fish Prize: $400
Payouts: 1 place for every 6 boats competing

We’re so happy to offer our anglers several incentives and contingency prizes this year. Our events in 2023 will be officially sanctioned events for the following contingencies:

Ranger Cup, Triton Gold, Nitro Tournament Rewards

Super 6 Points Championship

Teams will be rewarded points based on their finish in this tournament. Those points will be used in our Super 6 Points Championship Standings to determine the top 6 teams that will receive a cash prize at the end of the year. Our Super 6 Points Championship is sponsored by EL Jones Development. Without them, this simply wouldn’t be possible.

The deadline to sign up for Super 6 is Sunday May 7 before blast off.


All anglers competing in an Eastern NC Bass Challenge Tournament are subject to a Polygraph.

Live Leaderboard & Live Streaming

During the weigh-in, anglers will be able to view their results and current standings on our Live Leaderboard. We will also be live-streaming the weigh-in on our Instagram account so family and friends can watch online. Make sure you’re following us on our official Instagram and Facebook accounts. Please note –  our live streaming will be contingent on our wireless signal

Thank you all for fishing with the Eastern NC Bass Challenge. We’re looking forward to a great tournament. If you have additional questions or need assistance with anything tournament related please contact Jeffrey Davis at 252.661.5454.

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